Monday, May 12, 2014

a frank lloyd wright home

The Meyer May house, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, is a Grand Rapids jewel.
   

It can be toured for free, photographs are allowed, and the docents are fantastic.  When my dad visited us recently, I took my fifth or sixth tour of the house.  I never get tired of visiting it.


The home was commissioned by prominent local clothing store owner, Meyer May, and his wife Sophie.  The Mays were clearly forward-thinking people.  The natural tones and low, horizontal profile of the May house are in great contrast to the grand, vertical profiles and bright colors of the neighborhood's surrounding Victorian homes.




Strips of iridescent gold glass between the fireplace bricks glow in the sunlight.


The carpets and rugs of the house are magnificent.  They have three sets that they alternate between to keep wear even (visitors are allowed to walk anywhere--without booties!).




The docent claimed this doll, which belonged to the Mays' daughter, was haunted.



Unfortunately, the flowers hadn't yet been planted when we visited.  I'm hoping to go back soon to see how everything looks in full bloom.  If you're in or visiting Grand Rapids and are interested in visiting the Meyer May home, you can find information here.

xo
K







5 comments:

  1. That is one gorgeous house! It's amazing that they let you walk all around it.

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  2. Thanks for sharing, how inspirational! I've only been to one FLW house- falling waters- and it was AMAZING.

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  3. Amazing! Thanks so much for sharing photos of this.

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  4. Really enjoyed the "tour" of this house. Thank you! Have seen several other FLW-designed homes, but not this one. It's great!

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    1. Thanks, Noelle! We're so lucky to have this example of FLW's work in Grand Rapids.

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